With the loss of Sony's Amazing Spider-Man cinematic universe, i thought it would be interesting to discuss the opportunity Sony had gift wrapped to them by Marvel Comics that they totally skipped on or just didn't know about. With Sony only having the rights to Spider-Man, his rouges gallery and his supporting cast, it would seem that there really wasn't much there to build a cinematic universe that people would want to keep going back to. Thanks to the ill received Amazing Spider-Man 2, it never got the chance to get off the ground; projects like the Sinister Six fell through and Amazing Spider-Man 3 was put on hold indefinitely. Enter the Spider-Verse.
A few months back, there was a little comic book event written by Dan Slott called Spider-Verse. In summary, it was a story about an inter-dimensional villain called Morlun and his steampunk, vampire family, going across the multi-verse of Marvel and killing every version of Spider-Man that ever existed. These alternate versions of Spider-Man included, May "Mayday" Parker, the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane from an alternate future, Miles Morales, the interracial Spider-Man, a Spider-Man from the year 2099, a Spider-Man from Japanese TV show with a mech, etc... It was definitely a sight to behold and it made for some unusually great story telling.
To many movie goers, one of the best things about the Amazing Spider-Man movies was the relationship between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (SPOILER) with the departure of Gwen Stacey, many fans were left with nothing to look forward to, Spider-Verse actually remedies this to a degree. In an alternate reality, Gwen Stacy was the one who got spider powers instead of Peter Parker and she goes on to become her own superhero. In the case of Gwen Stacey's death, an alternate universe gives back access, to a strong, female protagonist that audiences already know, love and have a connection with and it would even give Emma Stone a chance to reprise her role.
Then there's the obvious choice of course, Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Granted, when he was first introduced and Peter was killed off in the Ultimate Universe, there was a pretty big fan backlash, many thought it was just a gimmick. Over time though, thanks to great story telling, Miles Morales has become a completely fleshed out character that fans have grown to love. In his Universe, there is actually a female clone of Peter Parker who goes by Jessica Drew. Jess is their universe's Spider-Woman who is a member of the LGBT Community and actually helps train Miles Morales.
Many Spider characters cross race, gender, age, sexual orientation, species, time, its a lot but Sony would be offering up something new and different to audiences that no other studio is really doing with superheroes. They would have the most diverse cast of characters assembled and audiences are kind of tired of the same old when it comes to the Spider-Man movie franchise so Spider-Verse would definitely shake things up. Yes, there is a danger of Spider-Man overload but I think the characters and stories vary so greatly that it would spice things up enough to get people's attention, maybe even excited about Sony's Spider-Man again.